Messi and Ronaldo are welcome to join Levante jokes coach Martinez

Levante head coach Juan Ignacio Martinez has spoken positively about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ahead of the hotly-contested Ballon d’Or vote.

The 48-year-old believes both players are incredible and jokingly invited the pair to play for the Granotes in future.

“I cannot vote, but I think those two players are sensational, two great players,” Martinez told reporters. “They are both welcome to come here!”

On a more serious note, Martinez has told his side to forget last year’s shock 1-0 win over Real Madrid when Jose Mourinho’s side visit the Ciutat de Valencia this weekend.

He said: “They are different games and now Madrid are much more grounded. It was the first time we beat them at home in a 100-odd years of our history.

“There were a couple of controversial moments, but Mourinho congratulated us and praised us [for the performance].

“Madrid will give us very few chances. They are not dependent on a number of players because they have a big squad.”

Sunday’s game kicks off at 20:30 CET.

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